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Allen Batts
Allen is a keyboard player perhaps best known as a member of Albert Collins' original Icebreakers, touring with Albert and playing keyboards on four of the Icebreakers' Alligator releases. He has also worked with Lacy Gibson, Eddie Clearwater, Shirley Johnson, Willie Kent, Maurice John Vaughn, Jody Williams and Lester Davenport. Allen moved to Hope, Arkansas some years ago and is now playing in a jazz group and teaching piano.
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Discography
Ice Picking
Sonet SNTF 707
released 1978
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Larry Burton, guitar
A.C. Reed, tenor sax
Chuck Smith, baritone sax
Alan Batts, keyboards
Aron Burton, bass
Casey Jones, drums
The Blues Will Never Die
Wasp Music Publishing 3434
released 1979

Ray Curtis [Alabama Red], piano, vocals
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
Allen Batts, organ
Ike Anderson, bass
Dino Neal, drums
Frostbite
Alligator Records AL 4719
released 1980
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Marvin Jackson, guitar
A.C. Reed, sax
Allen Batts, keyboards
Johnny Gayden, bass
Casey Jones, drums
Frozen Alive!
Alligator Records AL 4725
released 1981
recorded May to August 1981 at The Union Bar, Minneapolis, MN/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
A.C. Reed, tenor sax
Marvin Jackson, guitar
Allen Batts, organ
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Casey Jones, drums
Two Times Nine
Charly R&B CRB 1025
released 1981
recorded in Evanston, IL/USA
Eddy Clearwater, guitar, vocals
Abb Locke, sax
Tom Eckard, guitar
Mark Hydra, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
Mark Wydra, guitar
Allen Batts, organ, piano
Dimestore Fred, harmonica
Marvin Jackson, bass
Scott Meyer, bass
Jon Hiller, drums
Casey Jones, drums
Leroy Brown, vocals
Showdown!
Sonet IRS 941954
recorded 1985 in Chicago, IL/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Robert Cray, guitar, vocals
Johnny Copeland, guitar, vocals
Allen Batts, organ
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Casey Jones, drums
Cold Snap
Alligator Records AL 4752
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
released 1986
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Mel Brown, guitar
Crispin Cioe, alto sax, baritone sax
Arno Hecht, tenor sax
Bob Funk, trombone
The Uptown Horns, horns
Hollywood Paul Litteral, trumpet
Allen Batts, keyboards
Jimmy McGriff, keyboards
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Morris Jennings, drums, percussion
Lost In The Blues
Alligator Records ALCD 4797
released 1991
Otis Rush, guitar, vocals
Bob Levis, guitar
Allen Batts, piano, organ
Lucky Peterson, piano, organ
Bob Stroger, bass
Jesse Lewis Green, drums
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
Wolf Records 120.887 CD
recorded in Chicago, ILUSA
L.V. Banks, guitar, vocals
Charles Kimble, sax
Big James Montgomery, trombone
John Primer, guitar
Michael Thomas, guitar
Allen Batts, organ, piano
Ike Anderson, bass
Jerome Price, drums
Deluxe Edition
Alligator Records ALCD 5601
recorded in Chicago, IL and Winnetka, IL/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Crispin Cioe, alto sax, baritone sax, vocals
Dino Spells, alto sax
Arno Hecht, tenor sax
Abe Locke, tenor sax
A.C. Reed, tenor sax
Jerry Wilson, tenor sax
Henri Ford, baritone sax
Chuck Smith, baritone sax
Bob Funk, trombone
Bill MacFarland, trombone
Paul Howard, trumpet
Mel Brown, guitar
Larry Burton, guitar
Johnny Copeland, guitar
Robert Cray, guitar
Marvin Jackson, guitar
Allen Batts, organ, piano
Chris Foreman, organ, piano
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Aron Burton, bass
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Morris Jennings, drums
Casey Jones, drums
Who's Been Talking
Earwig Music CD 4941
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Lil Ed Williams, guitar, vocals
Eddie C. Campbell, guitar
Allen Batts, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Willie Kent, bass, vocals
Cleotha "Baldhead Pete" Williams, drums
Ready To Cheat
Earwig Music CD 4945
recorded March to July 1999 in Chicago, IL/USA
Liz Mandville, guitar, vocals
Willie Henderson, baritone sax
Bill McFarland, trombone
Paul Howard, trumpet
Phil Perkins, trumpet
Chuck Crane, guitar
Michael Dotson, guitar
Mike Gibb, guitar
Chris Winter, guitar
Phil Baron, Hammond organ, piano
Allen Batts, Hammond organ, piano
Ron Sorin, harmonica
Dave Kaye, bass
Dave Jefferson, drums
Ricky Nelson, drums
Comin' Alive!
Blue Chicago BC 5006
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Willie Kent, bass, vocals
Larry Weathersby, tenor sax
Willie Henderson, baritone sax
Kenny Anderson, trumpet
Bergess Gardner, trumpet
Jacob Dawson, guitar
Haguy F. King, guitar
Allen Batts, organ, piano
Twist Turner, organ, tambourine
Erskine Johnson, piano
Dave Jefferson, drums
Return Of A Legend
Evidence ECD 26120-2
recorded September 2001 in Chicago, IL/USA
Jody Williams, guitar, maracas, vocals
Hank Ford, tenor sax
Willie Henderson, baritone sax
Kenny Anderson, trumpet
Ronnie Baker, guitar
Sean Costello, guitar, vocals
Tinsley Ellis, guitar, vocals
Rusty Zinn, guitar, vocals
Allen Batts, organ, piano
Billy Boy Arnold, harp, vocals
Harlan Terson, bass
Kenny Smith, drums
Red Top
Earwig Music CD 4954
recorded in Chicago, IL and Palatine, IL/USA
Liz Mandeville, guitar, vocals
Peter Bartels, trumpet
Michael Dotson, guitar
Luke Pytel, guitar
Mark Wydra, guitar
Allen Batts, Hammond organ, piano
Andre Howard, bass
Dave Kaye, bass
Twist Turner, drums

 
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